Im trying to render a 30 second animation, 1024 x 768, 10 frames per second and key frame every 5 it says its going to take 22hrs!!! Help, what have i done wrong?? why is it taking this long?
What size is your part/assembly? What are your pc specs?
the assembly is around 500kb
not very techie so not sure what specs u want but it says its got a 3.10GHz intel core processor and its a x64 computer if thats what ur after lol
Welcome to SolidWorks forums Caitlin.
Your assembly size and details you want to render along with your hardware will surely be accountable for the time. I would rather suggest you to render the animation as series of picture and then using windows movie maker, create the required movie.
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i recently tried this, rendering as a series of pictures but find that i quickly lose quality of the image in windows movie maker.
it was rendered on 'better' so just up this? or is there a better program to use? it was on 2048 x 1583 too
You are asking your system to render 300 images. Quick math shows you'll be rendering about 13 images an hour which isn't all that bad. There are a number of factors that will effect performance but your hardware will probably be the largest.
Give Anna a shout at www.renderbay.com She has the quipment to process this project much fatser for you.
As a side note. 10 FPS isn't very high. If you have moving parts or camera movement or both the motion is probably going to be jerky at this FPS.
As Rob says, if you do the math it's 300 frames to render. At 22 hrs total time that's 4.4 min per frame. The only way to speed that up is more processing power (more and/or faster processor cores).
thanks for the help, i guess its just a shock, i really didnt expect it to take so long, its my first animation render so a bit new to it all
Perhaps you can reduced the processing time by lowering the render quality? I have had pretty good success using the 'Better' setting in PV360 rendering options. A 320 frame render, 2000 X 1000 7.5fps of 40 secs took just 9.5 hrs and was quite acceptable for a demo video showing the operation of a valve. My system is only a moderate speed (2.66Ghz Core2 quad CPU 8Gb RAM running on x64). I did have some trouble with the render stopping a few times but have since closed off any other program including any scheduled runs (anti virus etc) and prevented that from occurring.
In addition to all the great advice that you've received so far, I would also highly recommend using image sequence rather than avi. This way as you render individual frames to a folder, you can check your progress as it is rendering the animation and if there is an interruption and the animation stops or you see something that isn't right, you can stop, and you haven't lost what you've done so far.
Of course, you will need a post process package to reassembly the sequence into an animation for final video but even the basic packages do this. You might want to seriously consider this since, using a post composite program you can add effects, and save in a common format like wmv, mpeg4, Quicktime etc.
i recently tried this, rendering as a series of pictures and the quality is great, it is also surprisingly fast, but the quality of the image after using windows movie maker is bad, its blurry.
That's because of the codec WMM uses. Download handbrake and use the mp4 format with the h.264 codec. Super small files with excellent quality.
Handbrake does not seem to create video from image files.What is a good minimal program to do this?
On a friends suggestion, I'm downloading Virtualdub and plan to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes.
Might work? Heard of it, never used it. Been a while since I used Handbrake but it seems like it used to compile an image sequence? I use QuickTime Pro ($30) to do this or After Effects.
I guess Handbrake is supposed to assemble bmp files into video, but it's reporting an error. Virtualdub did the job handsomely. And for a different job, Handbrake did very nicely for compressing AVI output. Good tools - thanks for the recommendation.
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